Do you want to lose weight for your New Year’s resolution? Do you want to change your body and rid of fat once and for all? Here’s a step by step guide of what you need to do:
Step 1: Join a gym. Invest a monthly fee in a gym membership.
Step 2: Hire a personal trainer. Good trainers will get you faster and better results. They’ll save you time and expedite the process, ensuring you’re doing everything right.
Step 3: Find motivation. A trainer will motivate you, but you have to motivate yourself also. You can use techniques and strategies like placing an old picture of yourself when you were skinny or in better shape on your mirror or wall. Surround your day with motivational quotes to keep you motivated to work out.
Step 4: Go grocery shopping on January 1st and only buy healthy foods. If you don’t buy it, you can’t it eat. So only fill your cart up with fruits and vegetables.
Step 5: Don’t worry too much about the scales and what the scale says at first. Focus on taking one day and one week and workout at a time. If you do that, eventually your weight will change and the scales will show it down the road.
Step 6: Increase your cardiovascular training like walking, jogging, jumping rope, running, boxing, elliptical, stair climber, etc. to at least two hours total a week. If you already do two, increase to three. Divide this time up throughout the week.
Step 7: Take a class. It can be aerobics, pilates, or yoga. Anything that keeps you exercising and is new and led by a qualified instructor will help you improve.
Step 8: Surround yourself with like minded fitness people and friends. Only associate with other people who are dedicated to changing their weight and bodies. Social support can’t be underestimated and has been proven to work wonders.
Step 9: Commit to a weight lifting regimen. Yes, it vigorous. Yes, it’s uncomfortable. And yes, your muscles hurt and are going to be sore. But many people miss out on the great benefits of weight training by focusing all their workouts on cardio. You’ll become stronger, more toned, and will expedite your weight loss and body transformation by metabolism increases caused by muscle development.
Step 10: Stick with it by making a commitment for the long run. Realize this is not just a New Year’s resolution, but a commitment to your health in the long run. Yes, in the first couple weeks you want to lose some pounds, but you also want to keep it off in the long run by committing to a healthy, active lifestyle. This is just the beginning on a journey to a healthier new you. And remember, persistence pays.